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Should we encourage our children to lie?

On the face of it this question seems a no brainer. Of course there are issues with children lying! It can be exhausting when young children deliberately lie. I remember myself being asked “Did you cut your hair”, at the...


Leaving home

ParentLine volunteer Helen on why out of sight doesn’t mean out of mind when it comes to children. When it comes to bringing up children, it’s fair to say that there is an endless stream of milestones to meet and...


Children’s fears of terrorism are real – but parents can bring proportion

“Will our airport blow up?” Kirsty asked. It seemed an unusual question but her mum knew why she was asking. For the last week Kirsty had been talking about the terrorist attack in Brussels after seeing the start of the...


Finding strength in small changes

Children 1st local managers Froya Rossvoll and Lorna Mulholland explain how our work in Aberdeenshire is making a difference to children and families.Here’s a story about an Aberdeenshire family: a mum, dad and three young children. Neither parents had a...


Can we teach empathy?

“Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.” – Aristotle What is empathy? Empathy involves being able to identify emotions, understand and explain emotions, and respond appropriately to those emotions. At its heart lies an awareness...


Should we encourage our children to take risks

Matthew Slavin, National Kinship Care SupervisorWe often receive calls from carers worried about their children’s risk-taking behaviour. Whether that’s concerns about mixing with the wrong crowd or their online activity, there’s always the same want to protect and nurture our...


Strengthening relationships in South Ayrshire

Children 1st local team leader Edie Scobie explains how we’re making a difference to children and families in South Ayrshire.Much of our family support work in South Ayrshire is based around parenting programmes. That phrase, ‘parenting programme’, might seem a...


Helping parents when their child needs help

On UN Day of Parents, helpline volunteer Antonia Hamilton writes about how she supports parents worried about bullying and social media – and how she keeps up with the complexities of life today.I recently read an article about a school...


Making a difference for parents and carers

ParentLine Scotland is the national helpline, email and web-chat service for anyone caring for or concerned about a child. Manager Alan Forgie explains the difference it’s making to children and families across Scotland.Each spring, as one financial year ends and...


Setting the record straight on child physical punishment

To talk of ‘smacking’ is to minimise what is a fundamental issue for our society. The fact is that children in Scotland have less legal protection than adults from physical assault.We commend the Minister for Children and Young People for...


ParentLine - a lifeline during children's early years

Becoming a parent makes absolute beginners of us all. You might prepare by reading books, or by asking other parents for tips. But acting on such advice doesn’t necessarily give you the results you hoped for. Or, what worked with...


Spotting the signs of child sexual exploitation

Child sexual exploitation involves a young person under the age of 18 being manipulated, forced, pressurised or coerced into taking part in a sexual act in exchange for something – and many parents don’t believe their family is at risk.New...